Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

Professor of Economic Geography

Department of Geography and Environment


Room: STC 4.07, St Clement's Building, LSE 

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose is a Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics, where he was previously Head of the Department of Geography and Environment. He is the current holder of a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant and the Vice-President of the European Regional Science Association (2012-2017). He is President-Elect of Regional Science Association International, where he is serving as Vice-President of the Association in 2014 and as President in 2015-2016.

He has a long track record of research in regional growth and disparities, fiscal and political decentralization, regional innovation, and development policies and strategies. His research is widely cited in academic circles and has also been frequently used by policy- and decision-makers. In his areas of expertise, he has acted as consultant to several Directorates of the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, the World Bank, the Cities Alliance, the OECD, the International Labour Organization, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Confederación Andina de Fomento, among others. He directed a major World Bank/Cities Alliance report entitled Understanding your local economy and frequently acts as advisor to national governments. He has also been visiting professor at a number of universities, including the College of Europe (Belgium), Cambridge (UK), Stavanger (Norway) and Hanover (Germany). He is the only social scientist to have been awarded the Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award. Other past academic awards include a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship, a Philip Leverhulme Prize, and a Royal Geographical Society Gill Memorial Award, both for his contribution to our understanding of regional disparities and development.

Innovation and Regional Growth in the EUAmong his books, we could highlight The dynamics of Regional Growth in Europe (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1998), The European Union: Economy, Society, and Polity (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2002), Local and Regional Development (London, Routledge, 2006), or Innovation and regional growth in the European Union (Berlin and New York, Springer, 2011). Some of his books have been translated into Chinese, Italian, and Spanish. He has also published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, is the joint managing editor of Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, an editor of Economic Geography, and sits on the editorial board of 18 scholarly journals, including many of the leading international journals in economic geography, human geography and regional science.

  • Regional development and growth
  • Development policies and strategies
  • Fiscal and political decentralization
  • Innovation and innovation policy
  • Education and human capital
  • Economic impact of public policies

Selected recent publications:

  • Rodríguez-Pose, A. (2012) Trade and regional inequality. Economic Geography, 88, 2, 109–136
  • Barca, F., McCann, P., and Rodríguez-Pose, A. (2012) The case for regional development intervention: place-based versus place-neutral approaches. Journal of Regional Science, 52, 1, 134–152
  • RPhandbookPike, A., Rodríguez-Pose, A., Tomaney, J. (2011) Handbook of Local and regional development. London: Routledge, 642 pp. Winner of the 2012, Regional Studies Association Best Book Award, voted for by the RSA membership
  • Rodríguez-Pose, A. and Ezcurra, R. (2011) Is fiscal decentralization harmful for economic growth? Evidence from the OECD countries. Journal of Economic Geography, 11, 5, 619-643

Regional Studies Association

Regional Studies Best Paper 2014 Award given to Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

The Regional Studies Association has bestowed its Best Paper 2014 Award on Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose of LSE. The award was voted for by the Editors of Regional Studies, and the winning article, 'Do Institutions Matter for Regional Development?', has very quickly become one of the most downloaded papers in the journal’s history. Read more.

World Economic Forum

LSE Geography and Environment shaping the global agenda on innovation

The World Economic Forum has invited Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose to become one of the members of the Global Agenda Council on the Economics of Innovation. The aim of this Council is to put in place clear and realistic plans that will allow regions, countries and cities which lack the environment needed to encourage innovation to boost their innovative capacities. Read more.


More jobs - and better jobs - needed to tackle poverty in cities, according to new report by LSE academics

Good jobs, and plenty of them, are the most important factor in reducing poverty in UK cities, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation report on Cities, Growth and Poverty. Dr Neil Lee from the Department of Geography and Environment led the study, along with Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and researchers from The Work Foundation and the universities of Coventry and Warwick. Read more.

Andres Rodriguez-Pose

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose voted President-Elect of the Regional Science Association International

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics, has been unanimously voted as President-Elect of the Regional Science Association International. Founded in 1954, the RSAI is the international community of scholars interested in the regional impacts of national or global processes of economic and social change.

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